San Francisco had a similar debate and chose to keep natural grass as a playing surface for city fields. Candle stick park went back to real grass after having artificial for many years. As a matter of fact, most major baseball fields have replanted natural grass in the past several years. Synthetic is quickly becoming out of style for many reasons:
Not only does it heat up and contribute to raising temperatures in urban environments b/c it is plastic (wow... sounds like a great tailgate party... pass the defibrilator!) it is costly and needs replacing before it can actually be less expensive than grass to maintain. (Synthetic has a lifespan of 8 to 10 years. It would take 15 years for it to cost less than real grass).
Synthetic must be cleaned regularly (with antimicrobials and water) and needs repairs for tears and gouges that often require replacement. It causes more skin injuries when played upon and more opportunity for disease to spread to these abbrasions, as it lacks a natural antibacterial property found in grass.
Obviously, it does not give off oxygen.
Come on yall - don't let them do this. I wonder which company will be awarded the bid to install this fake grass? Another "former council member" like Tom Marshall who will benefit from his connections? Questions need to be raised.
A similar proposed plan for a Community Garden in the heart of midtown has been shut out by the city government... in favor of bulldozing and leaving another empty lot with no plan for the future.
Where is this big empty lot going to be? The Libertyland site. A beautifully crafted proposal for a sustainable community garden at Libertyland has been rejected time and again by our city. This Garden would be eligible for stimulus grants and green building project money with no cost to the taxpayer. The Grand Carousel and Pippin rides (still viable & revenue producing,according to recent studies by U of M) would be a draw for families to come tend their garden and then enjoy the amusement attractions... Also a fantastic teaching tool for Memphis City Schools to show our children where real food comes from! What a nice idea!
As it is, the ancient trees and existing infrastructure will be mowed down by the city any day now unless we stand up for OUR land. The founding fathers created this park for the people of Memphis 150 years ago - not to become another empty treeless lot like so many others across the city. Call your council member! We want our land, our valuable rides and a Green Plan for our children!
By Chris Davis
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